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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 19, 2006 10:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ok, 2 Things

Darnit! Dangit! I thought i was done commenting on Donna Jean, but you've raised the spectre once again! And so ... gotta throw another 2 cents into the kitty, for whatever it's worth:

Donna's contributions to the Dead, musically, emotionally, developmentally, socially, intellectually, vocally, etc., etc., ... i have no immediate come-to-mind answer beyond the observation that, like many, if not most, on this forum, i've listened to incalculable hours of all types of music, both live and studio, at home, club, pub, bar, arena, picnic grounds, cricket pitch, river-boat, church, elevator, stadium, dive, theater, field, mosh-pit, etc., etc., and with all due respect to those of an opposite opinion, Donna Jean's vocal style and contributions--in comparison to those other hundreds of female vocalists that i have listened to, either solo, with an all-girl band, fronting an all-male band, or mixed-gender band, as single-vocalist, or part of multi-vocalist band like the GD--did not, as a whole and in general and in specific, translate into a sound i could derive much enjoyment from, except in rare moments. Not a criticism, just an observation. I'm sure she's a great person, probably makes a delish meatloaf, i don't know, just vocally wanting.

And yeah, i know that each person hears a song differently, and that a singer's vocal sound and style suits some but not others. A long-time friend of mine for years tried turning me onto the Jesus Lizard. Yet, i just couldn't enjoy David Yow's vocals. Wanted to. Tried. Couldn't.

DJG. Wanted to. Tried. Couldn't.

Final coda: having said all the previous, i am finding of late that her contributions to JGB have been not altogether lacking in attractive qualities. In other words, her star, in my estimation, is, at least, on the rise ...

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 19, 2006 11:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ok, 2 Things

"I'm sure she's a great person, probably makes a delish meatloaf,"

That's a pretty sexist and demeaning remark there Arbuth.... I understand though....why else would they have kept her around if she couldn't cook. I'm sure your mom would be real proud to hear you making remarks like that.

1) When I first started seeing the band in 1977, Donna was an integral and very enjoyable part of the sound, I always felt she got a bum rap. While there were some shrill moments, for the most part, I felt she was a fine addition to the sound and was a very competant singer and, mostly complimented the music nicely. She was also actually the one who brought Keith into the band. To me she added a very nice, feminine energy to the mostly male energy of the band and scene. I love the harmonies on LLR in particular and she was an asset to many other songs as well. At her worst I did not find her any more annoying than, say....Bobby doing his "ah-hahs" or Jerry flubbing so many lyrics.


2) I also love this site :)



This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-10-20 06:14:34

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 19, 2006 11:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ok, 2 Things

... oops, just trying to throw a little humour into the mix!

and oy, me mum's off-the-boat Irish, and dang, she's used to me witty ways by now!

[okay ... putting the hairshirt on (again!)]

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 20, 2006 3:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ok, 2 Things

Sums up my feelings precisely, too...